GOP front-runner Donald Trump secured one other win within the US Virgin Islands caucus Thursday night time, locking in a 3rd consecutive major win over 2024 rival Nikki Haley.
The previous president got here out with 73.98% of the vote, whereas Haley had 26.02%.
The USVI caucus awards 4 delegates and is technically third after Iowa and New Hampshire, as outcomes are tabulated hours earlier than Nevada.
The ranked-choice poll included Haley and Trump, in addition to different candidates who didn’t withdraw their names like former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, businessman Perry Johnson and biotech mogul Vivek Ramaswamy.
Trump and Haley had each been vying for victory on the islands, sending down surrogates and taking part in video messages in an try to sway Republicans.
Neither made it all the way down to the US territory located within the Caribbean, however reached out to voters utilizing different strategies.
Thursday morning, Trump released a video message to the USVI, asking for voters to “exit and caucus” and predicting that he was going to “take all of it.”
“It appears to be like like we have now the Republican nomination just about locked, and that’s the way in which it needs to be,” Trump stated within the video message.
Reps. Jack Bergman of Michigan and Anna Paulina Luna of Florida have been additionally on the bottom stumping for the previous president, who went to Nevada Thursday night time as a substitute to kick off the Silver State’s 26-delegate caucus.
Haley had participated in a number of Zoom calls with the island Republicans main as much as the caucus and had additionally despatched down Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) to stump for her in individual.
The previous UN ambassador leaned on her overseas coverage expertise in her pitch to the islands, which USVI Republicans say are surrounded by Chinese language affect.
The Republican Social gathering within the USVI altered its caucus date for the 2024 election as a way to have extra say within the presidential course of, because the US territory doesn’t vote within the basic election.
The Republican Nationwide Committee punished their calendar change by lowering their delegate depend from 9 to 4.
“Going third-in-the-nation with an unrigged caucus utilizing ranked-choice voting has given each candidate a good and equal taking part in discipline and resulted in unprecedented consideration for the Virgin Islands,” stated Republican Social gathering within the Virgin Islands chairman Gordon Ackley. “The Virgin Islands will resolve the trajectory of the Republican nomination”
Trump is the one high GOP candidate taking part within the Nevada caucus, and is prone to get a yawning lead within the outcomes, which can be tabulated later Thursday.
Haley participated within the Feb. 6 Nevada major, and regardless of being the one large title Republican left on the poll, misplaced to “none of those candidates.”
After Thursday, Trump and Haley will subsequent face off in South Carolina. Polls present the previous president main the previous South Carolina governor by 27 factors, however Haley has argued she’s “simply getting began” in her house state.